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CIFF 20TH ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING UNVEILED

Updated: Aug 29, 2019

2019 FILM LINE-UP SHOWCASES THE DIVERSE TAPESTRY OF TODAY’S WORLD.

CIFF 20TH ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING UNVEILED FROM ‘ASSHOLES: A THEORY’ TO ‘Z’


Cannes & Berlin Festival Award Winners plus Academy Award Contenders Albertan & Local Filmmakers Celebrated Opening & Closing Gala star-studded films and the brand new Block Party!



The Calgary International Film Festival is excited to announce their official programming for the 2019 Festival and their 20th anniversary. With close to 200 films announced, including the return of Music on Screen and Shorts packages, the Calgary International Film Festival is excited to highlight some of the films for the 2019 festival taking place September 18 to September 29.


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CHAMPIONING ALBERTA FILMMAKERS


Did you know that Alberta-shot films have won more Academy Awards, Golden Globes, and Emmy Awards than any other province in the last 15 years? CIFF is a celebration of our local industry and the stunning Alberta land and cityscapes we’re famous for. We have an incredibly talented film community that contributes to an international film and television market and a seasoned group of talent bringing stories from our own backyard to life on the big screen.


From ASSHOLES: A THEORY, a timely investigation into a worldwide behavior inspired by the New York Times bestseller book by Aaron James; the unvarnished truth of police life in COPPERS and the true story of three young men with disabilities fleeing their overbearing parents on a road trip in COME AS YOU ARE; to TOXIC BEAUTY lifting the lid on the cosmetics industry's ugly secrets and the unlikely friendship between a young boy and a Korean War vet in DRIVEWAYS; this years’ line up embodies the mosaic of our society, taking people on a journey of discovery.


With close to 200 films announced, including

the return of Music on Screen and Shorts


packages, the Calgary International Film Festiva s excited to highlight some of the films for the 2019 festival taking place September 18 to September 29. From ASSHOLES: A THEORY, a timely investigation into a worldwide behavior inspired by the New York Times bestseller book by Aaron James; the unvarnished truth of police life in COPPERS and the true story of three young men with disabilities fleeing their overbearing parents on a road trip in COME AS YOU ARE; to TOXIC BEAUTY lifting the lid on the cosmetics industry's ugly secrets and the unlikely friendship between a young boy and a Korean War vet in DRIVEWAYS; this years’ line up embodies the mosaic of our society, taking people on a journey of discovery. CIFF kicks off their 20th anniversary festivities with the annual Opening Gala.

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The Opening Gala will take place on Wednesday, September 18th at The Jack Singer Concert Hall, where festival patrons can celebrate #CIFF20 with a screening of THE SONG OF NAMES. Starring Tim Roth and Clive Owen. THE SONG OF NAMES is another musical epic crafted by director François Girard (THE RED VIOLIN) and an emotional detective story spread over two continents and a half century surrounding the lead-up to and impact of The Holocaust.


Executive Director of CIFF Steve Schroeder


Attendees at this year’s festival can also expect to see some much-anticipated Film Festival Award winners. Bong Joon Ho’s PARASITE, an exhilarating mix of suspense and satire is one of the year’s must-see films and winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes - the first Korean film to win the award. Also screening is SYNONYMS, a bold and energetic love letter to Paris which took home the 2019 Golden Bear, the top award at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale); BACURAU, a smart multi-layered Brazilian political allegory and winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival; and PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE, directed by Céline Sciamma, the first woman to win Best Screenplay and the Queer Palme at the Cannes Film Festival for a sensuous tale about a painter and her subject.


Highlights from this year’s Headliner films include Oscar-winner Renée Zellweger returning to the Best Actress race in the musical biopic JUDY which follows legendary performer Judy Garland as she arrives in London in 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts; MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL a riveting documentary about Miles Davis’ remarkable life; and FRANKIE starring Isabelle Huppert and Marisa Tomei grappling with a life-changing experience during one day of vacation in Sintra, Portugal.


Not only will attendees have the opportunity to see a decorated list of award-winning films, also included on the CIFF docket are documentaries tipped by the respected Indie Wire magazine to be award contenders. ONE CHILD NATION, this fearless, Sundance award-winning exposé unmasks the wrenching costs to millions of families of China’s infamous “one-child-policy”; FOR SAMA, which is dubbed one of the year’s most important and powerful documentaries follows a young Syrian mother as she creates a tender video diary for her baby daughter as a war rages; and HONEYLAND a triple Sundance award-winning documentary following Europe's last female bee-hunter as her peaceful existence is disrupted by some unruly new neighbors.


Oscar-winner Renée Zellweger returns to the Best Actress race in the musical biopic JUDY.


CIFF continues the celebration and support for locally made films with 38 Canadian films screening at this year’s festival. Films include ROOT OF THE PROBLEM, a locally produced IATSE 212 family film about a money growing tree; Z is about the divide in childhood and adulthood directed by Calgary native Brandon Christensen; and AMERICAN WOMAN, directed by Calgary’s own Semi Chellas, which is based on the Patty Hearst affair and tells the story of a young political activist in the early 1970s who helps care for a group of America's most wanted fugitives.


CIFF rounds out the celebrations with the annual Closing Gala which will screen two Canadian films at Globe Cinema on Saturday, September 28, the penultimate day of the festival. The first film, GUEST OF HONOUR, sees the return of Canadian master and CIFF alumnus Atom Egoyan and features a stirring performance from David Thewliss. The second film will be announced soon.


An exciting new addition to the Closing Gala will be a throwback to 2006 - a 20th Anniversary Block Party, the afterparty for the Gala. Joining in on the celebrations are Stephen Ave favorites Paper St, Junction Stage + Bar, The Derrick, and State & Main with custom cocktails, music, special pop-ups, and industry guests in attendance.



Block Party ticket-holders will receive a wristband that will grant them access to all participating bars and the street will be closed off to the general public with fun activations taking place. Make sure you don’t miss out on our 20th Anniversary Closing Party celebration!



Whether you donate as an individual or as a group, setting your own team goal, there are exciting prizes up for grabs whichever way you choose to support this campaign:


The first 350 people to donate $20 or more - as an individual or as part of a team, will get one free ticket for the much-anticipated film PAIN AND GLORY from Pedro Almodóvar starring Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz at an exclusive private screening in Globe Cinema on October 17, 2019The highest individual donation in the month of August will receive two invitations to the Calgary International Film Festival’s 20th Anniversary Opening Gala.


 Everyone who donates $20 or more to the 20/20 Fundraising Campaign will become part of an exclusive group with advance access to book their CIFF film tickets 24-hours ahead of the general public for the upcoming September festival.


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To celebrate WAYDOWNTOWN being the first film to ever play the Festival, a special screening will take place almost twenty years to the day of its 2000 premiere on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 7pm at the Globe Cinema. The film will be shown in 35mm - how it was originally intended to be enjoyed! In attendance at the special event will be the films Director and local Calgarian Gary Burns, Producer George Baptist, the films Production Designer and Actor Donna Brunsdale and Cinematographer Patrick McLaughlin.

This darkly comedic cult classic from local Director Gary Burns (KITCHEN PARTY, RADIANT CITY) was the first Opening Gala of the inaugural Calgary International Film Festival, in 2000.


HEADLINERS

MARY MACKAGONNE

Creator Sean Smith honours the memory of his great-great-great-great-great grandmother, Mary Mackagonne, a Swampy Cree woman who goes entirely uncredited in Canadian history. The wife of Peter Fidler, a map-maker for the Hudson's Bay Company, she lived the life of a trader, canoeing alongside him on his expeditions and contributing labour to the building and maintaining of forts while also caring for their fourteen children.


The 20th Anniversary Calgary International Film Festival takes place September 18-29, 2019 in the heart of Calgary. Spread throughout Eau Claire, 8th Avenue SW, and the East Village, the festival showcases 200 of the year’s most groundbreaking and must-see movies from around the world - each one handpicked by our expert programming team for Calgarians to enjoy.


The festival hosts gala events, screenings, special presentations, and a Behind the Screen series that emphasizes unique and exciting ways for filmmakers and fans to interact. The Calgary International Film Festival is now the largest film festival in Alberta and is the sixth largest in Canada. 


For a full list of announced films please visit calgaryfilm.com


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